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Head of a Young Boy is one of the earliest lithographs that Picasso made in collaboration with the Paris lithographer Fernand Mourlot. It has been interpreted as the artist’s nostalgic memory of himself as a young boy. The present print is the third and final state of the lithograph. In the passage from the first to the second state, the boy’s head was shaded more strongly and made more expressive. In this final version, the shading was softened and rendered more delicate.

August 2004